Brugmansia (moonflower) emits its heady perfume in the evening. Its multitude of 25cm-long, trumpet-shaped blooms, although poisonous, are breathtaking. It’s a quickgrowing shrub, reaching up to 3m high with a 2m spread, and with the right care, flowers from early summer through to autumn. It’s native to the Andes regions of South America.
Growing tips: Plant in light, fertile well-drained soil in a position that receives early morning sun and shade for the rest of the day. It needs to be sheltered from the wind. It should be fertilised or composted regularly during the growing season. Water regularly and deeply, especially when flowering and in hot weather. It can be trimmed to grow as a dense, round shrub. It grows best in frost-free areas or where there is only light frost. In very cold areas, grow it in a container that can be sheltered in winter.
What Leoné likes: “If you plant them near windows, a patio or a pathway you can enjoy the heavenly scent and gorgeous flowers.” As they feel the heat, she plants hers in semishade and waters those in the sun more often.